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I am finding something very strange at the moment (no, i am not looking in the mirror as i type this..!)

I can go on long walks, i can do around 10 miles without stopping and while i do get achy, i don't really get out of breath or anything like that

I am having to ride to work at the moment on my mountain bike, its only a 25 minute ride, with around 15 - 20 mins of it being actual riding/pedaling, yet i am completely knackered within 10 minutes, i don't understand! 

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Yeah cycling is hard. Your body isn't trained for the type of work a fairly explosive cycle will put it through. Walking is completely different and while you probably have the cardio stamina built from that it doesn't mean your muscles won't ache like fuck from doing a more/different challenging exercise. Similar to how you can see guys squat 200kg but can't do a clean sit up.

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I've found if you get out of practice of cycling when you get back to it, it's killer. Used to cycle everyday years ago then got a car. Had a year of doing it leisurely before hernia surgery and now anytime I do it I feel fucking knackered. Might be the cheap Chinese made bikes we get loaned on holiday though, having a good bike makes a shit load of difference.

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Been told by my consultant that exercise will cure my ailments (stress mainly). I'm struggling to find time with work and a new addition to the family but know that I need to do something. 

At this stage I'm ruling out running (I regularly experience gout - yay for Tudor diets) and live near too many of my students... Cycling is a no go for my inability to ride properly. 

Any suggestions for exercises that can reduce stress whilst also being time efficient would be greatly appreciated.

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not up mountains and steep hills as such, no, but as a keen walker in general, i cant suggest a very good pair of walking boots or shoes, that are light and waterproof. i prefer walking shoes, but they are not cheap for a very good pair 

how long walks do you plan to do in miles? 

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I've just started exercising again for the first time since my daughter was born in Feb. Signed up to a local gym and alternating evenings with my wife after the little one has gone to bed. It means we have a bit less alone time together which sucks, as that is scarce as it is, but I feel really good for it. My body has been a wreck lately and I've been feeling it.

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Since getting back into trick skating again and becoming obsessed, I've decided that I want to spend sometime out in nature and on the trails exercising.

I'm in the process of putting together a new skate for this purpose. Got myself some hard boots and a massive Tri frame with 110mm wheels which are twice the size of what I'm used to. A few of the people I skate with are already into this so I'm looking forward to getting Winter over with so I can get some miles outside under my belt. 

 

 

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